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FTTX: Fiber To The Home, etc.

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Lesson # 6: Designing FTTx Networks

Level: Technician

Designing FTTx Networks

Objectives: From this self-study lesson you should learn:
  • Issues applicable to FTTx design
  • How to get started on the network design
  • Sources of more information on fiber optic network design
  • How to do a simple exercise in network design

FTTx network design is not something you can summarize in a few paragraphs. With numerous network types and architectures, component choices and, of course, the uniqueness of each local network, one must first learn the background information before beginning to design a project. If you have completed the first five lesson plans, you should have a good ideal of what is involved in a FTTx network. For this final lesson, we will send you to some sources of basic information on fiber optic network design and provide you with a simple FTTH network that will illustrate some of the issues you will face when designing real networks.

The course leads you to read online or printed materials (with an emphasis on the online using the FOA Guide), watch FOA YouTube Videos, complete some activities and take the quizzes. Each lesson plan will be self-contained. Lesson plans open in new pages so the course overview page stays open to lead you to the next lesson or you may use the link at the bottom of the page.

Student Assignment

Read the references, watch the videos and take the quizzes (Test Your Knowledge)

FOA YouTube Videos, Fiber To The Home,  Slide 22 
You may, if you wish, watch the entire video and then watch the referenced sections for a second time for greater comprehension.

Other FOA YouTube Lectures Relevant To This Lesson Include:
FOA Lecture 9: Fiber Optic Network Design, Part 1
FOA Lecture 10: Fiber Optic Network Design Part 2 
FOA Lecture 11: Fiber Optic Network Design Part 3

Watch the ones which relate to issues you need to learn more about.

Online FOA Reference
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, Fiber Optic Network Design  Overview of fiber optic network design 


Reference Textbook
FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics, Appendix B,  Pages 236-8

Extra Credit Reading and Videos
Assignments beyond the basics required for the course will be listed as extra credit.

Test Your Knowledge
Online Case Study on FTTH 

Fiber U Certificate of  Completion
When you finish the assignments and case study, you can take an online exam on this course to qualify for a "Fiber U Certificate of Completion." The exam cost is $20US. More on the Fiber U Certificate of Completion.

Go here to take the Fiber U FTTX Certificate of Completion exam. Here are detail directions if this is your first time taking a
Fiber U Certificate of Completion exam.


Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics

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